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May 4, 2014
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California Chrome wins Kentucky Derby

California Chrome, owned and bred by Douglas County resident Steve Coburn and Perry Martin, rolled to a five-length lead in the middle of the stretch and held off a late charge of 37-1 longshot Commanding Curve to win the Kentucky Derby by nearly two lengths as the 5-2 favorite.

California Chrome is only the fourth California horse to win the race in its 140-year-history and the first since 1962.

Veteran trainer Art Sherman, 77, is the oldest trainer of a Kentucky Derby winner. Jockey Victor Espinoza won the 2002 Kentucky Derby aboard War Emblem.

According to, California Chrome ran the track in 2:03.66 as he won his fifth consecutive race and scored his seventh victory in 11 career races. The victory was worth $1,442,800 and increased California Chrome’s earnings to $2,577,650.

Most recently, California Chrome won by 5-1/4 lengths on April 5 at the Santa Anita Derby at Santa Anita Park.

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The Record Courier Updated Jun 9, 2014 07:19AM Published May 4, 2014 03:24PM Copyright 2014 The Record Courier. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.